Dec 18, 2012 7:00pm PST
kidnapped five days ago in syria, but there's good news. they are free tonight. abc's richard engel and his crew were traveling with a group of syrian rebels when gunman sympathetic to the syrian government attacked them. now they are free. earlier richard engel spoke to the turkish media. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days are some days that we would hear forget. if you can understand, we just came out now. we haven't even left yet. we're very tired. so we'll probably be talking more in the coming days. thank you for being here. thanks to everyone. we're really happy. >> greta: engle and his crew were not hurt physically during the ordeal, but they were mentally tortured and explained the traumatic teens on "the today show." >> a group of gunmen literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks. they were heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car.
Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm PST
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Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
to the "outer circle" and talk about stories around the world. they begin with nbc, and richard engel -- i'm sorry about that we're going to baghdad where iraqi president jalal talabani is in the hospital after suffering a stroke monday night. nic robertson has the story. >> erin, well, the health of the president is not good. it's been described as very unwell. collapsing of what appears to be a stroke in a hospital in baghdad. according to the prime minister's office, they're considering whether to treat him in iraq or send him for medical treatment outside the country. 79 years old. he has been an important figure because he has helped bridge some of those deep ethnic and sectarian positions in iraq. he's building alliances that has aloud the country to somewhat keep functioning. he was treated for a health care in 2007. treated for being overweight and another issue for this back just this year in germany. but his health right now, not good. the outlook not particularly good right now, erin. >> thanks very much to nic. and next, trying to help any way they can, a ray of hope here in ne
Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm PST
palestinian faction. the chief foreign correspondent for nbc news, richard engel, has escaped from kidnappers in northern syria. he and his crew said they were dragged from their car on thursday by gunman supporting the assad regime. they escaped last night whe their captors became engaged in a firefight with rebel forces. engel spoke in turkey today, flanked by two of his crew. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days are days that we would rather forget. if you can understand, we just came out now. we haven't even left yet. we're very tired. >> holman: engel said he and his colleagues were kept bound and blindfolded, and subjected to mock executions. it was unclear whether all of the crew members escaped. five people working with a u.n. polio vaccination campaign in pakistan were shot to death today, possibly as part of a taliban campaign. a sixth worker was killed a day earlier. we have a report narrated by lindsey hilsum of independent television news. >> reporter: they were